Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop
At its current East Side Austin location since 1969, this family-run Tex-Mex diner serves all-day breakfast and lunch plates like house-made tortillas, thick-cut bacon, breaded pork chops, and refried beans. Don't leave without stopping at the pastry counter for cookies, <em>pan de huevo</em>, and other Mexican baked goods.
The family behind Joe’s Bakery & Coffee Shop have run businesses in East Austin for over 80 years. Joe’s mother Sophia and stepfather Florentino opened La Oriental Grocery & Bakery in 1935, which lived on East 9th Street for 22 years. Not long thereafter, the couple started a new bakery which was sold to Sophia’s eldest son, Joe, in 1962. Since then, it has continued for generations, with Joe and his wife Paula’s daughters and granddaughter now taking primary ownership of the restaurant. This truly authentic spot has had loyal customers for decades. Everything on the breakfast menu is great. Later on, get a barbacoa plate, Migas Plate, or some top-notch tacos. If you want good tortillas, you need to make your way over as soon as possible.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served counter orders or call (512) 472-0017 for takeout.
Joe’s no-frills charm is undeniable: Selena playing on the jukebox; Peptobismol-colored cakes on display in the bakery, and oversized red plastic cups dotting every table. Don’t expect fancy coffee or tacos with quirky names—just the straightforward Tex-Mex cuisine South Texas natives have grown up eating. Be sure to try the handmade flour tortillas (they’re thick, warm, and leave a bit of flour on your hands), the thick refried beans that are definitely not vegan, and Joe’s famously crispy bacon that’s dredged in flour before being fired on the flat-top grill. Oh, and then there’s the fiery salsa verde, brutal in the best way. These components add up to some of the most delicious Tex-Mex breakfast tacos in town. Trust.
Must-try taco: Bacon, Egg, and Cheese
This selection highlights the crispy, almost-battered bacon and tortillas that are so soft and fluffy they’d make a fine comforter for a tiny man. Add a pinch of salt, and don’t be shy with the salsa.
How to order: Stop by for first come, first served seating or call 512-472-0017 for takeout.